Snows have come and gone, but brisk NW winds continue to blow, carrying snowflakes with them. We’re still getting reports of a few slippery spots on rural highways. Official snowfall totals range from ½” in Sioux Falls to 7/10” in Mitchell, 1.7” in Huron, and 3” in Aberdeen. Winter weather advisories have been extended until sunset for NE South Dakota along Buffalo Ridge down into SW Minnesota, where we’re received reports of blowing snow causing some visibility issues on roadways.
Tonight, winds will diminish, and that will allow temperatures to drop. Lows will be a few degrees below zero in the north to the single digits in the south. There will also be some light snow, but we’re thinking it will only be a few tenths of an inch.
Skies will be mostly cloudy again tomorrow, with a north wind around 15 mph bringing more Arctic air into the region. It will be a much colder day, with highs only in the single digits. There will also be more light snow - up to around an inch is what the models are giving us. Currently it looks like timing of light snow would put it in the northern half of KELOLAND in the morning, and the southern part of the area tomorrow evening.
Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy on Thursday, with cold air remaining in place. Morning lows will be at- or below-zero, and afternoon highs will be in the single digits to low teens.
Friday will also be cold – especially in the morning, when eastern KELOLAND will be in the teens below zero. The NE part of the area may get down around 20 below zero. During the day, the coldest air will slide to the east, wo afternoon highs will be in the teens East River to low 20s West River.
We’ll start to warm up a bit this weekend. Skies should be partly to mostly sunny, with temperatures in the teens in the north to the 20s in the south. Sioux Falls may get to around 30 on Sunday.
Signs are that next week we will enjoy a January thaw. Multiple models bring in sharply warmer air, so much that we may have above-normal temperatures starting on Monday or Tuesday, and temperatures will continue to warm all of next week into the weekend of January 21-22.
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